Women and Sermons

Jeanne Shami

in The Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermon

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199237531
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Women and Sermons

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This article challenges the assumption on how sermons negotiated women's public and private religious roles. It studies the four ways women participated in a religious, literary, and political culture that was enlarged by vernacular preaching. It shows that women in sermons were first used as subjects, and then as patrons, consumers, and finally preachers of sermons.

Keywords: religious roles; women; vernacular preaching; sermons

Article.  10839 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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